U.S. health officials have linked pomegranate seeds from Turkey to a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus infections. As of July 1, 2013, public health officials have confirmed that 132 people have become ill from hepatitis A after eating “Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend.’ Cases have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wisconsin, but those in Wisconsin resulted from exposure to the product in California. The product has since been recalled. There have been 59 hospitalizations, but no deaths. At this time, there is no evidence connecting the cases to the 2013 outbreak of hepatitis A infections in Europe linked to frozen berries or to the 2012 outbreak in British Columbia tied to a frozen berry blend with pomegranate seeds from Egypt.
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